Anti-social behaviour at Teifi Marshes…again!

Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve

Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve

Please report any anti-social behaviour!

Damage to one of the bird hides at the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve.

Damage to one of the bird hides at the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve.

Since lockdown restrictions have eased in Wales, there has sadly been a surge in anti-social behaviour at Teifi Marshes nature reserve, the home of The Wildlife Trust's Welsh Wildlife Centre.

Unfortunaley, youths are gathering in our nature reserve bird hides and playing loud music, drinking and taking drugs. Grazing ponies have been let out of fields and chased down boardwalks and most recently, a young lad was seen within the water buffalo enclosure, throwing stones at the animals. There has also been some vandalism in the Otter and Treetops bird hides and to the willow badger sculpture.

The Welsh Wildlife Centre is still closed and most of our Wildlife Trust staff are still on furlough. However, Nathan Walton,  Pembrokeshire Wildlife Trust Officer is back at work and ensuring a presence on the reserve. He does manage another 13 sites within the county so is unfortunately unable to be on the reserve all the time.

This sort of behavior occurs every year, more so during summer months and school holidays. Over the past few years, we have taken a number of steps to try and combat this activity. We have installed CCTV around the Welsh Wildlife Centre and immediate buildings, stepped up volunteer patrols on the reserve, engaged with youth groups and schools in Cardigan and created more social media posts and press releases detailing the issues we face.

The response from the local community has been heart-warming and the Police are also doing their best to patrol the reserve out of hours and when reports are made.

We do hope that with lock down restrictions being lifted, more visitors will come to the reserve and disturbances on the reserve will cease. These are very frustrating times for all.

Visitors to the reserve are encouraged to be our eyes and ears on the ground and to phone the Police on 101 or 999 if an emergency to report any unusual or unruly behaviour.